ABVA Spring Scientific Meeting 2021

Date: 24 April 2021

Location: Virtual Meeting

Price: ABVA members £100, Non-members £120

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Small Animal Chronic Pain - Impact and Integrative Care

Hannah Capon (Canine Arthritis Management), Gwen Covey-Crump (Langford Vets) and Lowri Davies (SMART Clinic) will give an overview of the most significant day to day issues faced by owners of animals with chronic pain and the vets that treat them.  We will explore the latest pharmaceutical solutions for chronic pain, how acupuncture compares with these, and its complementary potential.  The importance of rehabilitation techniques will be demonstrated so that we are not just treating sore joints, but considering the soft tissue and fascial aspects of mobility and chronic pain.  In all of these areas we will show the many benefits of incorporating acupuncture into the therapy.  Finally, we will examine the home environment's impact on osteoarthritis in dogs and the benefits of education and involvement of the whole team - owner, dog walker, receptionist, nurse and vet.

The meeting will be hosted and chaired by Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz, who will also deliver a case report.  We promise delegates an entertaining, friendly and thought-provoking conference, with interactive question and answer sessions.  We hope to illustrate the latest multi-modal approaches to the case of chronic pain in our animals, whilst also demonstrating the huge contribution that acupuncture can make.  It will be a real case of 'out with the old and in with the new'. We are looking forward to meeting you all.

The meeting will be accredited for 5 CPD hours and a recording will be accessible to all delegates after the meeting.




      CPD Time
 9:00am  Registration  Web Host  
 9:15am  Opening Welcome  ABVA President Heike Kopac  
 9:20am  The Impact of Chronic Pain  Gwen Covey-Crump  30mins
 9:50am  'Home is Where the Dog Is'  Hannah Capon  45mins
 10:35am  Thinking Outside the [Pill] Box  Lowri Davies  45mins
 10:20am  Questions and Coffee Break  Chair and all speakers  
 11:50am  Case Report  Lowri Davies  30mins
 12:20pm  Rational Use of the Pain Management Toolkit  Gwen Covey-Crump  40mins
 1pm  Questions  Chair and all speakers  
 1:20pm  Lunch    
 2:00pm   Case Report  Dietrich von Schweinitz  30mins
 2:30pm  Whole Practice Training and Public Engagement  Hannah Capon  45mins
 3:15pm  Questions/Discussion - Education and Empowerment  Chair  45mins
 4:00pm  Thanks and Close ABVA President  
 4:10pm  AGM ABVA Council and Members  




Hannah Capon is the winner of the RCVS Impact Award 2020, the CEVA Vet of the Year 2019, and was a finalist in the 2019 Petplan Vet of the Year.  Hannah is a first opinion vet, focusing on osteoarthritis pain management and rehabilitation.  She is widely respected for her work on Canine Arthritis Management (CAM), an inspirational campaign group and online education provider raising awareness of the serious nature of this disease and offering support for owners of arthritic dogs and the professionals that treat them.  Hannah expects to complete the International Academy of Pain Management Certified Veterinary Pain Practictioner Certificate in 2021.

Lowri Davies graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 1992 and developed her interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation whilst working in specialist equine practice.  Lowri completed her IVAS Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1999 and in 2004 she established the SMART Veterinary referral centre - the first specialised sports medicine and rehabilitation clinic for small animals in the UK.  She became a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2015 and is past President of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association.  Her clinics have a large Europe-wide client base and Lowri is called upon regularly to lecture internationally on the subject. Lowri has contributed to a number of texts on pain management and rehabilitation as well as authoring 'Care of the Canine Athlete'.

Gwen Covey-Crump qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001 and spent three years in small animal general practice. Since then, she has worked in referral practice at the University of Cambridge and Bristol vet Schools.  Having completed a residency, she became European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2011.  While continuing her current anaesthesia practice, Gwen now focuses her energies on chronic pain management.  Working alongside a team of physiotherapists and collaborating with specialist colleagues in surgery, neurology, oncology and medicine, to provide a multi-disciplinary chronic pain referrla service for Langford Vets.  She proivdes specialist advisory and education services to the organisation, Canine Arthritis Management.  Gwen serves on Council for the ABVA and the Royal Society of Medicine Comparatvie Medicine Section, of which she was President from 2017-2019.

Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz has a hige clinical experience of acupuncture, coupled with an extensive knowledge of current research into the physiological effects of acupuncture.  He has played a key role in developing and delivering our successful Foundation Course, ensuring that it is grounded in science while respecting and acknowledging the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dietrich has lectured extensively and internationally on the subject of Veterinary Acupunture and is a long-serving member of the ABVA Council.

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